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“Make your face known… just apply and pitch for stuff, even if you might feel out of your depth,” said young 2D animator and film-maker Elmaz Ekrem. “Someone will eventually take a chance on you.”
Ekrem’s film (made with Dominika Ożyńska) about the refugee crisis in Europe, The Law of The Sea, was part of Channel 4’s short-film strand, Random Acts.
The four-strong panel offered advice to the many young animators in the audience.
The awards celebrate the best of student television talent, showcasing undergraduate and postgraduate films from 23 universities.
The films were awarded in the categories Animation, Comedy & Entertainment, Drama, Factual, News and Short Form, as well as the craft skills categories Camerawork, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Writing.
Steve Smith, the founder of London-based animation studio Beakus and Olobob Top producer, described the hard work and personal risk involved in getting an animation idea commissioned for television. He discussed the development of the characters, how the animations were refined to make the production process manageable and gave the audience a glimpse into the incredible amount of planning required in producing a series.
The multiplayer entertainment platform will show 65 episodes of the 1983 animated series, which follows a cyborg police detective as he fights crime with the help of his bionic gadgets attached to his body.
Classic episodes will air in five-hour time blocks from 6pm GMT on 17 December up until 5pm GMT on Christmas Eve on Twitch Presents.
A crowd of animation fans were let in on those secrets and more at the very first “Animorsels” evening at Antenna, Nottingham in late October.
Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn was the star attraction at the evening event, which was organised by the Nottingham-based animation and production company, Bottletop and sponsored by RTS Midlands.
The RIFA awards recognise the best short films, of up to 30 minutes in length, which will be judged by a panel of experts from academia and the film industry. The the winners will receive a trophy and £2,000 in prize money for future filmmaking projects.
This year's panel includes Richard Davidson-Houston, Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television and Matthew Reisz from Times Higher Education.
A panel of experts in the field were on hand to show and talk about their work, as well as to offer advice on finding work in the competitive VFX and animation industry.
“As creatives, we’re all striving to come up with original, brilliant ideas and then realising them in animation,” said UKTV head of design Peter Allinson.
"Mists and mellow fruitfulness” means festival season in Bristol. This is when the city’s creative sector comes together to celebrate its talent and share a sense of belonging.
A festival is all about entertainment. Those festivals with a specific focus on cultural groups often seek to inform community members of their traditions and involve elders who share stories and experiences.
That couldn’t be a more fitting description for the creative-industry family that calls Bristol home.